Jakarta begins 12-year compulsory education program

17 July, 2012 | Source: The Jakarta Post

The Jakarta Administration officially launched the 12-year compulsory education program on Monday, making the capital one of the first provinces to begin the program.

The central government has reportedly endorsed the program to replace the 1994 nine-year compulsory education program in order to boost the nation’s educational level.

The City Education Agency head Taufik Yudi Mulyanto recently said that the city administration had allocated Rp 10.4 trillion (US$1.1 billion), or a 30.76 percent share of its Rp 36.02 trillion budget, for the education sector.

The funds will be used to carry out the 12-year compulsory education program as the Education Operational Aid (BOP) funds for 102,033 students at 106 state senior high schools and 44,700 students at 49 state senior vocational schools.

Students at lower level state schools have previously received similar aid from the city’s budget. The funds will also be disbursed to students at private schools.

“Now that the 12-year compulsory education program has officially begun, parents do not need to worry about tuition fees at senior high school levels,” Taufik said in a press release received by The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Parents would also not need to pay for school uniforms as they would be provided by schools, Taufik said.

Meanwhile, Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo said that the city administration would take decisive action against any educational institution that still asked its students to pay fees. “People who still pay for school fees can contact me or the Jakarta Education Agency,” Fauzi said.

The governor also said that he would try to increase promotion of vocational schools to the public. The city administration, he added, was corresponding with certain parties to design a certification program for vocational high school graduates.

“We hope that each vocational high school graduate can experience added value when they complete their education with such certificates,” Fauzi said.

 

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